The pain associated with death is probably one of the hardest things to treat. It tears at the very bottom of one’s soul and seems to rip out anything of substance, laying it out in the open for wild animals to feed on. It’s like a dark journey with weights strapped around your neck. It’s a suffocating pain that mere words can’t fully describe. Yet, when someone you love is walking through this time, naturally you want to be able to help them. No one should endure this alone, and so here are 25 tips to help you help a grieving friend.
www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/6686590463/ Grief is an emotionally complex and taxing phenomenon that will display itself in many varied ways. Understand that there is no right or wrong way to grieve and avoid telling the bereaved what he or she should feel or do.
www.flickr.com/photos/joehoughton/4517637307/ People who are grieving may find it necessary to tell the story of how their loved one died. Listen and allow the bereaved to tell the story. This helps with coping and accepting the reality of what has happened.
www.flickr.com/photos/gael/157107791/ Your presence is crucial and comforting to the bereaved. Nevertheless, those who grieve may also need some time alone. Look out for the signals of distress and know when to give the bereaved space.
www.flickr.com/photos/mendhak/3106880823/ You may feel like saying the deceased’s name may cause more harm than good, but this is not the case. By saying the deceased’s name you acknowledge the loss and help keep their memory alive. This can be a source of comfort for the bereaved.